An English teacher who helped GCSE students around the country improve their grades using a catchy Stormzy remix, has received a flood of praise from elated pupils.
Andrew Bruff, who is known as Mr Bruff online, encourages more than 100,000 YouTube subscribers with his innovative revision videos and exam tips.
Among his past paper guidance and mark scheme explanations, the hip hop-lover took on Stormzy’s hit Big For Your Boots, adding his own revision-themed lyrics to the grime track, which has garnered almost 190,000 views.
The teacher, Youtuber and author has been re-tweeting grateful students and teachers throughout results day, who attributed their success to his help.
Several teenagers tweeted that their grades significantly improved thanks to Bruff.
I went from a low 5 in my mock (language) to a 7, and a 4 in my lit mock to a 6 and that's all down to you and your videos. Thank you!— abbie (@abbie_wells27) August 24, 2017
Thank you. I really appreciate that Eliza https://t.co/5NhjlIwwmk— Mr Bruff (@MrBruffEnglish) August 24, 2017
He posted a message to his students, thanking them for their messages and encouraging them to thank their teachers.
The author also sought to reassure teachers that he was “not trying to minimise the impact of classroom teachers” by sharing pupils’ messages of support.
A message to students and teachers about today: pic.twitter.com/KYBcMOT8K0— Mr Bruff (@MrBruffEnglish) August 24, 2017
An “overwhelmed” Bruff told the Press Association: “I’ve been running my YouTube channel for five years now, and every GCSE results day is similar, but this is the first year where students have been studying for the new GCSE English exams, and it’s wonderful to see that my resources have been so useful to so many students.
The teacher has received more than 18 million views to date, and also provides English language revision guides on his website.
Thousands of students underwent an overhauled exam system this year, where A*-G grades were replaced by a 9 to 1 system, amid more demanding tests.
English, English Literature and maths were the first subjects to be changed, with 2.6% of English students scoring a 9, the highest grade.